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REAL WEDDING:: Courtney Cline + Drew Ledbetter {A 2020 WEDDING & ALL THAT JAZZ}


Written By: Jessica Burke | Photos: Mark Eric Photography

Courtney and Drew had always planned to exchange vows in an intimate destination wedding in New Orleans, but like so many couples with 2020 wedding dates, they ultimately had to change their wedding date. After city-wide restrictions prevented them from tying the knot on their original May date, the couple rescheduled their wedding to the middle of July. “No one would have ever guessed that the French Quarter in the middle of summer would have given us a short afternoon shower to cool off the day and give Courtney and Drew the perfect courtyard wedding of their dreams,” shares their event planner Becky Lampp of Spanish Oak Events. “The wedding took place in Chateau LeMoyne, a historic hotel built 140 years ago by the famous architect James Gallier. Chateau LeMoyne was the perfect venue for the couple as it provided the perfect New Orleans feeling.”

The wedding invitation suite

“We wanted to bring our families and closest friends together in New Orleans for our wedding,” shares Courtney. “We travel to New Orleans several times a year for work and for pleasure. We love everything about the culture and the people. The destination wedding was a way to share a special city and culture with our families.”

The wedding ceremony took place in the courtyard at Chateau LeMoyne in the French Quarter

The couple treated their guests to a grand weekend experiencing some of their favorite spots in the city. Stops included snoballs at Hanson’s for their nieces, Liuzza’s by the Track for BBQ shrimp po-boys and gumbo with their dads and a trip to Parasol’s with their cousins for po-boys. “We were lucky enough to have our rehearsal dinner at Clancy’s,” Courtney and Drew share.

Drew, a blues and jazz enthusiast, surprised Courtney by booking Walter “Wolfman” Washington and the Roadmasters to play for the courtyard reception.

“It’s hard to pick a favorite part of the wedding day, but it was probably the feeling of happiness we all felt at the reception to all be together…it was a night we will always remember.”




VENUE + CATERING: Chateau LeMoyne | PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Eric Photography | OFFICIANT: Judge Terra Stephenson | BRIDE’S GOWN: Martina Liana, She Said Yes (Arkansas) | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: Rent the Runway | GROOM’S + GROOMSMENS’ ATTIRE: Bespoke Suits + Pocket Squares, Hubbard Clothing (Arkansas); Ties, Brooks Brothers | FLORIST: Fat Cat Flowers | DECOR + CANDLES: Fat Cat Flowers + Chateau LeMoyne | BAKERY: Bywater Bakery | RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT: Hep Cat Entertainment | BRIDE’S MAKEUP: Meghan Fisse Makeup | BRIDE’S HAIR + BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR + MAKEUP: Courtney Pittman Beauty | WEDDING PLANNER/EVENT DESIGNER: Spanish Oak Events | CEREMONY MUSIC: Kinfolk Brass Band | FAVORS: Roxygs, Etsy | INVITATIONS: Shindig Paperie (Arkansas) | CUSTOM WATERCOLOR: Chez La Marieé (Virginia) | VINTAGE LOUISIANA STAMPS: Little Postage House | BRIDE’S RING: Family Heirloom | GROOM’S RING: Vintage Jewelry (Arkansas)



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